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Human Evolution
Human evolution

It might seem unnecessary to begin by stating that our species, Homo sapiens, is the sole surviving species of a once diverse group of now extinct relatives. For after all, the media is not shy about promoting the assertions of human paleontologists (paleoanthropologists) who claim to have finally discovered the long sought ancestor of our group or a missing link in the chain of human evolutionary succession. Even the repudiations of evolution by the scientific creationists and intelligent designists cannot derail the paleoanthropologists’ pursuit of human fossils or submerge the widespread public interest in our evolutionary heritage. Yet for all the publicity that follows the discovery of and supposedly scientifically well-founded pronouncements about previously unknown potential human relatives, many of the assumptions ...

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